Add some crackle

It’s called onomatopoeia and it’s words that bring sound to your stories.  Merriam-Webster defines it as 1) the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (buzz, hiss)  2) the use of words whose sound suggests the sense (hiccup).

Make a list of word sounds you like.  I’m toying with fizzle, sizzle, whack, howl, roar, swish, crunch, moan, piddle, thrum, hum, beep, flimflam. And make up your own words too.

Try enriching your next story with sound. Perhaps:

the rumbling purr of your happy cat

the papapabummm of your conga drum

the splish splat of being rained on

the wheezy whistle of the teapot

the infernal tick.   tock.   tick.   tock.  of that damn clock

It’s not as easy as it sounds but you’ll get the hang of it.

You might enjoy some of these other writing exercises too.

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